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New mini-docs show us how artists try to create a better Milwaukee

A title card reads "Creating Milwaukee: Exploring Artists' Origins" with the city's skyline in the background.

How does Milwaukee shape its most creative people? How do those people use their creativity to shape the city in return?

Answering big questions like that requires a big effort, which is exactly what you get in a new series from Nō Studios, the collaborative workspace and community founded by Milwaukee native and Oscar winner John Ridley.

For “Creating Milwaukee,” the Nō Studios production team partnered with Milwaukee Magazine on mini-documentaries focused on the city’s musicians and other artists. The official synopsis is below, but jump down a little farther to watch the premiere episode, and it won’t take you long to see what this series is all about.

Rising reggaeton duo Gego y Nony step into the spotlight first, giving you a chance to get to know the two brothers before they jump on stage Saturday for Radio Milwaukee’s 15th Birthday Party. Plus you get a few cameos from our own Kenny Perez.

Find 10 minutes in your day to watch. It’s well worth it.

“Creating Milwaukee” synopsis

Milwaukee is a complex historical tapestry. Within concrete wastelands, amidst cream city brick rises our city of today. Business sprouts in the factories of yesteryear. Old haunts become new destinations. In this series, we speak to artists whose work was woven by this landscape and trace the thread back to this new Milwaukee.